Compost fungi and allergies

Marsha Hanzi hanzibra at
Wed Jul 14 08:11:55 EDT 1999

Dear friends at the list:
    I just received a letter from a person who  is implanting a garden
in a  kindergarden  using compost of horse manure and straw, and a heavy
mulch of cut grass.  One of the children has presented respiratory
problems, and this child's father has suggested that the culpit may be
the fungi involved in the decomposition process of the garden.
(However, the children were also exposed to dust  about the same time).
Have any of you heard about allergic reactions  to these fungi?   I
would appreciate the information, which I shall pass on to the person

Thank you very much.

Marsha Hanzi
Instituto de Permacultura da Bahia

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